·An Indian spacecraft will enter Mars on Sep 24 for scientific exploration of the red planet after a 300-day voyage through inter-planetary space, a space agency official said Monday.
·The orbit insertion will take place when the spacecraft will be 423 km from the Martian surface and 215 million km away (radio distance) from the earth.
·The ambitious Rs.450-crore ($70 million) Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) was launched Nov 5, 2013 on board a polar rocket from the spaceport Sriharikota off the Bay of Bengal, about 80 km north-east of Chennai.
·"India will be the first country in the world to insert a spacecraft into the Martian orbit in its maiden attempt if the operation succeeds and also the first Asian country to reach the red planet's sphere," Rao said.
Is something wrong with me? I should not be awake at this hour. The rest of the world is fast asleep. But then that’s the point I am trying to prove here – I am not like the rest of the world. For as long as I can remember, the dream had been running ahead of me. This time I have taken the lead. I am one step ahead of the dream and I will keep pressing ahead. Oh I am so done with sleeping. I am done with dreaming. I am done with watching the show with my nose pressed against the glass. I am now swinging the door open and stepping inside the arena. It has begun – the countdown to MY show. I am counting months, weeks, days, hours…and I will make them count soon.
(A page from the diary of the TestCracker of tomorrow)
It’s raining scams! After Securities scam in ’92 (More commonly known as Harshad Mehta scam) and KP scam in ’01, following the cycle of 10 years, this time, an entire exchange was fabricated on treachery of its promoters. The scam is a systematic fraud perpetrated in the commodity market by National Spot Exchange Ltd. The supposedly 5,600 CroreRs fraud came out in the public domain after NSEL failed to pay out its investors in commodity pair contracts after 31 July 2013. Let’s have a summarised look at the seedy insides of the exchange which was once a darling of the markets and the ministry too.